Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon getting a contemporary re-imagining

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The Rashomon framework has served many films over the past decades – and now a full remake of the original movie is on the way too.

It’s been announced that Akira Kurosawa’s samurai classic Rashomon, is being remade, this time into a ten-part television series for HBO Max, in partnership with Amblin Entertainment.

Although the project was first announced a couple of years back, it seems to have finally found some traction with the news that the streaming platform HBO Max is involved, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 1950 original remains one of the highlights of the legendary Japanese filmmaker’s career, proving to be one of his most narratively bold films. The story uses multiple narrative perspectives and unreliable narrators to explore the murder of a samurai and the sexual assault of his bride. Apparently, the new project will reportedly retain this singular storytelling approach, whilst swapping out feudal-era Japan for a more contemporary setting.

Hisao Kurosawa, the iconic director’s son, is working with the two companies on the reimagining, whilst the script is being penned by Billy Ray and Virgil Williams.

HBO has seen its stock rise in terms of dealing with prestige projects, having already enjoyed considerable critical success converting the iconic Watchmen property into a lauded limited series for TV. We wait and see how this one turns out, and if it enjoys similar success…


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